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Celebrating Female Characters. [Oct. 15th, 2010|01:36 am]
In response to several different things I've come across in fandom about female characters, I felt it was time to create a community that celebrates female characters.  So I have just create (actually reopened) a community that celebrates female characters she_is_awesome .  

The first two posts are requests for help and ideas to get the community running.  However, I will probably have a love meme similar to this one sometime later today.

I would really appreciate it if people would spread the word of she_is_awesome around.

Thank you
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Minor annoyance about technica economicl terms. [Sep. 25th, 2008|01:56 am]
[mood |annoyedannoyed]

This fall I've gone back to college and one of the classes I'm taking is Microeconomics.  Because of this class every time I come across someone saying we're in a recession in the U.S. it mildly annoys me.  A recession is two consecutive quarters of economic downturn which we have not had.  According to my Economics teacher what we're in is actually called stagflation which is where the economy is stagnant but prices are still rising due to inflation.   Stagflation is also worse than a recession.
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(no subject) [Aug. 20th, 2008|11:16 pm]
[mood |sadsad]

I had just started to come out of my mild fannish depression and I find out that my show is canceled.  I have only fallen harder for one show and have never fallen harder for a fandom has I have for SGA.  Also John and Rodney are one of the few pairings I can honestly call an OTP and not just a preferred pairing. 

The only two consolations I can take is that at least I won't have to watch a decline as other shows have done and that the fandom will still be here.
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(no subject) [Aug. 19th, 2008|06:25 pm]
[mood |refreshedrefreshed]

Today has been a bad fandom day for me, for several reasons.  However just watching one <i>Whose Line is it Anyway?</i> clip on Youtube will instantly put me in a better mood.  I also think my long-standing love for Colin Mochrie may have something to do with my love for David Hewlett and Rodney McKay.  I think that funny Canadians with varying degrees of receding hairlines may just be one of types.
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An entry to the list of life's annoyances. [Aug. 14th, 2008|06:43 pm]
[mood |annoyedannoyed]

On my personal list of life's annoyances, ranking right around people who park in two parking spots, are someone calling my number and when I pick up I get a busy signal.  It's one thing when I call a number and get a busy signal, it's quite another when I'm the one called and Iget the busy signal.  In those cases I will automatically hang up.
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Three Recs for Fandom Appreciation [Jul. 28th, 2008|07:04 pm]
china_shop is doing her periodic Fandom Appreciation Challenges week and today's challenge is to rec three stories over six months old.  I've chosen a theme for my three recs, SGA fusions because SGA is my fandom and fusions are something SGA fandom does very well.  All three are John/Rodney and rated PG to PG-13

The first is The Physicist Bride by Zulu. It's a fusion with The  Princess Bride.  This main part of the story is set in slightly altered SGA universe after The Siege II.  The casting is just brilliant.  Rodney as Buttercup, John as Westley, Teyla as Inigo, Ronon as Fezzik are just handled beautifully as are the other roles.  Though, I do have to single out the use of the Genii as the villains as a particularly nice touch.  Especially what they Want from Rodney instead of marriage. 

Next is Bump in the Night by Unamaga.  This story has the SGA characters take the place of the Buffy characters in Welcome to the Hellmouth/The Harvest.    Like the previous red, the casting is just inspired.  Rodney as Buffy, Teyla as Willow, Ronon as Xander,  Elizabeth as Giles, and John as Angel.  What I really love about this are all the changes between the original episode and the fusion, because of the different characters involved and how naturally they felt. 

Last, but not least, is Cycle and Circuit by Owleyes_Arisen.  In this story John and Rodney and placed into the world of Avatar: the Last Airbender.  John, or Zohn as he is named in the story, is a bender from the Fire Nation, while Rodney,  or Mer, is a waterbender from the Northern Water Tribe.  The story tells the parallel journeys of Zohn and Mer from children, to young adults, to leaving their homelands, meeting each other, and beyond into a wonderful moment of transition.  There is also a lovely small moment with Zohn and two canon Avatar characters that would take place in early season two of Avatar.
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Celebration of Awesome Female Television Characters [May. 20th, 2008|02:16 pm]
With what has been going on around Fandom lately, I feel that there is a need for a celebration of female characters in television*.  I've decided to do this in the spirit of lj love memes.  Instead of having threads for individual lj posters, there will be threads for individual female characters.

The first comment in each thread will have just the character name and what show she is from.  Replies in each thread can include fics, art, picspams, icons, vids etc.; links to fic, art, picspams, icons, vids, etc.; or just a general comment about why you think that specific character is awesome.

The only rule is no bashing.  That includes other characters, pairings, shows, genres, or other posters reasons for thinking a character is awesome.

Posters can add any female character from any live-action television show.

* I know that there are awesome female characters in movies, books, anime, comics, etc., but I feel it would be easiest to restrict this post just to television characters.  However, if someone wants to something similar for a different medium, please feel free to do so because there can never be enough love for female characters in Fandom.

eta  I give full permission to link this anywhere anyone feels appropriate: personal ljs, comms, newsletters, etc.
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Why my self-esteem matters to me [Apr. 24th, 2008|07:18 am]
[mood |indescribableindescribable]

For the past two days I've done very little but read posts about the women's bodies should be made open to the public debacle. This has had me fascinated mainly in trying to figure out my own reactions.  For the record, my reactions to the original post are appalled, disgusted, angry, scared, nervous, furious, and frustrated to name a few.  My reactions to other peoples posts and comments range form proud, encouraged, and somewhat hopeful to a deep almost indescribably melancholy.  It is that last reaction, the strongest one I've had, what ideas have brought it about, and why it's been brought about that this post is about.

First some background about me.  I'm a naturally shy introverted only child with generally cool parents who both have had issues that required therapy.  My parents have both made several mistkaes, but the two things they both got very right is making sure I knew that I wasn't to blame for their issues and always supporting me through my issues which I have a more than couple. Unlike a lot of people my family is definitely not the main source of my issues, strangers and so-called friends are the main source of my issues.

The other inmportant background about me is that I have a poor visual memory but a very good verbal one, am especially lousy at remembering events, and those events i do remember are usually negative.  One of my earliest memories involved every kid in my neighborhood scaring me by chasing me around with fake blood including the girl I thought was my best friend when I was four or five.  Then there was the time when I was walking home from school when I was six or seven and a boy threatened to punch me.  I instictively put my hands over my glasses.  The boy said he wouldn't hit a girl with glasses then when I relaxed a little he punched me in the stomach and ran off leaving me there. 

Then there was the phone call in middle school from a girl I casually knew telling me about party she was hosting where the boys would all be wearing those pajamas with the flaps over the rear and the girls would spank the boys rears and wouldn't I like to come.  Also the girl mentioned that someone I thought was a friend was there and that the friend thought I would enjoy it.  I don't remember how that phonecall ended but I know my mother had to help me through my mortification and no I did not go to the party because I knew that the phonecall was just about humilating me.  I don't even want to think what would have happened if I had gone over.  

Or how about the time in high school a boy gave me a note describing my beauty in a very uncomfortable way and that when I complained about to authority the female vice principal said I should just take it as a compliment.  I wanted to tell that by that point I've developed a very strong Let's Humilate Jennfer Radar from lots of experience.  Also if anyone is wondering the reason i hate being called Jenny is that my nickname in middle schoold was "Jenny Germs".

Experiences like those left me low self-esteem, difficulty socializing and trust issues where people outside my family were concerned.  Even when we joined a church that had a lot of people my age who were friendly with me and  treated me like a person, such as surprising me for ice cream on my birthday one year, I could never trust enough to let them past my barriers.  Plus none of them went to the schools I did.  Though I will say that those kids are one of the three main reasonsI'm not as messed up as I could be, along with my parents' support, and the weekly counseling sessions I had through all of my teen years.

I'm now thirty-one years old and in the fourteen years since I graduated high school I've worked very hard on my self-seteem and my trust issues with other people.  It hasn't been easy and there have been stumbles along the way, but I've managed to gain some friendly acquantainces in fandom, my Guild Wars alliance, the job I'd had for seven years, and my church group, even some people I can honestly call friends.   My first reaction in social situations is no longer how am I going to get humilated this time, but there are some nice people that I would like to talk to.  How much talking  I do varies on how strong my am I going to come across as stupid fear is at the time.  That's one of the current things I'm working on. 

However, even with all the work I've done, there is no way  a stranger, male or female, asking if they can touch my breast is not going to set off my Let's Humilate Jennifer Radar.  Which is why reading comments form people saying things like why the big kefluffle, or there are more importanat things to get worked up over, or it's just asking makes me so indescribably melancholy.

Then there is my personal favorite from women who say that peer-pressure is overrated and any woman who has such low self-esteem that they can't say no to someone asking to touch her breast deserves to feel uncomfortable.  First off peer-pressure isn't overrated it's underrated.  The biggest reason I never gave into peer-pressure is because of my parents' support, especially when they talked about their chidhoods when they did give into peer-pressure particularly from my mother, but not every woman was lucky as I was in that regard.  Second saying no or giving into peer-pressure aren't the only responses possible.  If a stranger asked to touch my breast my response would most likely me to burst into turns while standing mute and feeling completely humilated. Third while there are people who not only deserve to feel uncomfortable but damn well should feel uncomfortable, such as say walking up to woman  and asking to touch her breast when they have no clue how she would react, a woman woman having difficulty saying no to having her breast touch is not one of those people.

My mother is a recovering alcoholic and nothing is more important to her than her sobriety and she will do nothing that will put it at risk.  If you replace sobriety with self-esteem you get why this situation matters so much to me.

Nothing is more important to me than my self-sesteem.
I will be more than willing to help you with your self-sesteem, but not at the risk of mine.
Just because you may possibly have higher self-esteem than I do, does not mean that your self-esteem is more important than mine.
Just because something helps you with your self-esteem does not mean it will help me with mine. 

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The Awesome Female Characters Meme [Apr. 9th, 2008|08:24 pm]
I needed something to get me started posting again and the meme going around about awesome female characters is just the thing.  Though, instead of doing one list I'm going to do several because I already have well more than ten awesome women come to mind.  So here will be lists of the first ten awesome female characters to come to mind in several categories.

Live Action Sci-Fi Television

1. Delenn
2. Susan Ivanova
3. Elizabeth Lochley
4.Zoe Alleyne Washburne
5. River Tam
6. Aeryn Sun
7. Kira Nerys
8. Jadzia Dax
9. Ezri Dax
10. Teyla Emmegan

Live Action Non Sci-Fi Television
1. Dixie McCall
2. Stella Bonasera
3. Abby Sciuto
4. Ziva David
5. Megan Reeves
6. Temperance Brennan
7. Angela Montenegro
8. Lilly Rush
9. Jessica Fletcher
10. Amanda King

Animated Television
1. Katara
2. Toph
3. Princess Allura
4. Princess Romelle
5. Princess Adora
6. Gadget Hackwrench
7. Elisa Moza
8. Scarlett
9. Baby Skeeter
10. Gosalyn Mallard

1. Sarah Williams
2. Ilsa Lund
3. Alicia Huberman
4. Rose Sayer
5. Susan Vance
6. Princess Leia
7. Belle
8. Duchess
9. Lady Cluck
10. Dory

General Books
1.Sethra Lavode
2. Elizabeth Bennet
3. Firsa Roofshadow
4. Eowyn
5. Arwen
6. Idril Celebrindal
7. Alice
8. Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
9. Anne Shirley
10.  Holly Short

Discworld Books.
1. Granny Weatherwax
2. Nanny Ogg
3. Magrat Garlick
4. Agnes Nitt
5. Tiffany Aching
6. Susan Sto Helit
7 Angua von Uberwald
8. Sybil Vimes
9. Cheery Littlebottom
10. Adora Belle Dearheart
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Cookie Monster is love. [Feb. 17th, 2008|12:57 pm]
[mood |chipperchipper]

I found a video of an interview with Cookie Monster on NPR that I just have to share.

It really is a wonderful interview.  I especially love Cookie's answer to what he would like God to say to him at the pearly gates.  The ending is also fun.
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